Market systems approaches, or Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) are approaches to poverty reduction that
donors such as DFID, DFAT, Sida and SDC have been supporting over the past few years.
The central idea is that the poor are dependent on market systems for their livelihoods.
Therefore changing those market systems to work more effectively and sustainably
for the poor will improve their livelihoods and consequently reduce poverty.
"The last few years have seen an upsurge of interest in market development approaches
amongst aid agencies. Alongside M4P there is UNDP's Growing Inclusive Markets, the
IADB's Opportunities for the Majority and the IFC's Next Four Billion. Amongst businesses,
there is growing interest in social investment, sustainable business practices,
fair trade and engaging with the Base of the (Economic) Pyramid. Although terminology
and emphasis may differ, all of these approaches see a market-based economic engagement
with the poor as essential for sustainable development." (M4P
page includes selected, recent documents on the approach; older documents can be found here
. A wide range of resources is also available on the BEAM Exchange website
(not to be confused with Finnish BEAM
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The M4P approach in context: How does it compare to other PSD approaches?
M4P, growth and poverty reduction
Design and Implementation
This section lists generic documents on the design and implementation of M4P programmes.
M4P Case Studies
Below you can find case studies and overviews of selected M4P programmes and projects.
For further programme- and project-specific information, please refer
Discussions and Meeting Proceedings
Market approaches to social and basic service delivery
M4P in Education Programmes
M4P in Health Programmes
M4P in Water and Sanitation Programmes
M4P in Environment Programmes
M4P Programme Websites and other Useful Links
M4P Programme Websites
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